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Wants You

by Drum Army

Experimental percussion trip around the world jamfest.... morphing worldbeat, industrial, sound collage into drum magick overload fun. Includes bonus alien orgyfest songs by OBE.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Motherland (Africa)
5:08 album only
2. Tropical Rainstick (South America)
9:10 album only
3. Trance Dance (Tibet)
6:01 album only
4. Tribal Stomp (Native America)
1:23 album only
5. Big Rock Beat (Britain)
3:31 album only
6. Urban Jamfest (USA)
4:01 album only
7. EuroTech (Germany)
4:40 album only
8. Drum Army (World Parade)
5:43 album only
9. OBE - Alien Android Succubus (TechBEAT Mix)
3:32 album only
10. OBE - Groatclusters (Bongfest Mix)
4:00 album only
11. OBE - Orchestra on a 2 by 4 (SampleFest Mix)
4:01 album only
12. OBE - Warning: Danger!
3:10 album only
13. OBE - DreamSleep
3:50 album only
14. OBE - Succubus
6:35 album only
15. OBE - Genius
5:27 album only
16. Obe - (617) Lick Obe
1:30 album only


Album Notes
Imagine if you will...BILL T MILLER, the insane genius guru mutant from the alien orgy samplefest noise rock band, OUT of BAND EXPERIENCE (OBE) sending out the request for volunteers. That's right, Drum Army Wants You...see the world and taste it's rhythms. It was the fall 1990 and a crack team of percussion experts were hand-picked by Commander-in-Chief Bill T Miller to embark on the quest. With the help of TIME TRAVEL WARP PORTALS and the OBE Magick Amulet, this mutant patrol of SIX mercenary officers pounded out the basic rhythm trax during FULL MOON time tunnel sessions.

Departing from a portal which appeared in the wall at HEADROOM STUDIOS and travelling at the speed of sound, eight "songs" or "jam dimensions" were conjured up. The battle plan was to lay down the basic assult and then, later, DRAFT Special Forces Troops to overdub even MORE. Eventually OVER 40 minutes of beatscape masters materialized from the original 90 minutes of multitrack tapes. The first half of the CD focuses on the OLD WORLD rhythms.

1-Motherland (Africa)
Transported to the MOTHERLAND of AFRICA, the DRUM ARMY witnesses the BIRTH OF THE BEAT...jungle logs and chanting call out across the continent. The DRUM ARMY ensemble answers the call as the jungle comes alive with the chaos of beats. A mixture of the primitive organic sounds of ancient world mingles with modern drums, samplers, and noise making junk that the Drum Army patrol brought with them through the portal.

2-Tropical Rainstick (South America)
The beats of MOTHERLAND echo in the distance as a new portal swallows up the the DRUM ARMY PATROL, sweeping them deep into the AMAZON RAIN FORESTS of SOUTH AMERICA. Rhythm is the spirit of a country. A gentle rain is starting as the SHAMAN beckons for the mercenary percussionists to join in. The SHAMAN hands Commander BTM the sacred TROPICAL RAINSTICK. Eventually a downpour of beats gives way to clear skies and the rain forest shifts its complex polyrhythms. In a visionary electro shroom prophecy, the SHAMAN catches a glimpe of the future, where the purity of the ancient land is trampled. Cautious, but still hopeful for the future, the SHAMAN shows the Drum Army Patrol the path to yet another portal...

3-Trance Dance (Tibet)
Now...high in the mysterious mountains of Tibet, a meditative calm consumes the time-traveling percussionists of the DRUM ARMY. The sounds of chanting monks, long brass horns, assorted bells, shakers, and drums played with large curved sticks fill the air. For a moment, Commander BTM thinks he HEARS and understands the origin of the sound of ONE HAND CLAPPING, but after more meditation, he concludes that the first step on the path to enlightenment is knowing he will never truly understand this ancient conundrum. Lost in a TRANCE DANCE, time seems suspended. Another portal appears...

4-Tribal Stomp (Native America)
This time BTM and his most trusted officer, General Andrew Deckard, decide to scout this realm, while the other four officers stay tranced-out on the Tibetan mountain top, planning to reunite later. This new portal leads into a desert land of spirits, now known as the southwestern lands of the Native American Indians. A TRIBAL STOMP is already alive with the visions of an intertribal POW WOW. We will smoke the pipe and there will be no lies between us. YOU had YOURSELF A VISION....

5-Big Rock Beat (Britain)
Then suddenly as the smoke drifts skyward, the travelers are drawn into a new portal, travelling through a long vortex maze gliding from the ANCIENT WORLD to the NEW MODERN WORLD. BTM and AD find themselves joining what appears to be a DRUM-IN of sorts. Clearly in LONDON, circa late 60s, the drummers pound out a Bonham-Moon-Baker-like beat in a dark dingy club. It's got a groovy beat, huh? After the the ancient world travels, the BIG ROCK BEAT seems to be SIMPLE by comparision, but the familiar 4/4 rock rock backbeat feeds the time traveler's homesick desires. As one of the UK drummers twirls his sticks, yet another portal opens up....

6-Urban Jamfest (USA)
Slammed across the ocean to an URBAN JAMFEST. A smorgasbord of drummers of various styles converge. Now in the courtyard at the top of Telegraph Ave - UC Berkeley, California, but it could be ANY CITY USA. In this courtyard BTM and AD are reunited with THREE of the Drum Army OFFICERS who stayed behind in Tibet. The lost traveler known as General SIMON stayed behind on the mountain top and to this day his exact whereabouts are still unknown...SIMON, if yer out there, show us a sign. THE original five officers, Bill T. Miller, Andy Deckard, Ken Winokur, Larry Dersch, and John Breglia thrash about wildly with beats bouncing off the concrete jungle as the OVERLOAD of the MODERN WORLD gives way to the DECAY OF MADNESS.

To replace the VOID left by MISSING IN ACTION General SIMON, another EXPERT PERCUSSION MERCENARY is brought in through the original portal at HEADROOM STUDIOS. The only logical choice is OBE bandmate JEFF COHEN. He appears, joining in for the rest of the journey...sticks in hand and ready to bang. Just as the the jamfest sounds become almost unbearable in their random mixture of styles...guess what...the DRUM ARMY PATROL is pulled down into another portal.......

7-Eurotech (Germany)
Transported to a EuroTech laboratory packed full of electronics in GERMANY, the ARMY is surrounded by primative oscillators and hi-tech samplers triggered with drum pads, keyboards, computer sequencers. Ready to morph, loop, and mutate, the DRUM ARMY embraces a chance to step out of the organic grounding of tradition. Sparks fly as an electro industdroid dance beat happy trip ignites....and you guessed it, yet another portal opens up...this time back to the NOW TIMES.

8-Drum Army March (World Parade)
YES...back from the Past into the Future and now somewhere in the PRESENT. The full-blown DRUM ARMY assembles to MARCH. A hero's welcome back ticker tape semi-normal parade. BUT this is NOT a traditional Drum Corps Marching Ensemble. NOW ALL the TROOPS have joined with OFFICERS. Marching up the avenues, VISITORS from ALL the worlds the DRUM ARMY visited appear within the ranks to make this a UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE. The ensemble stops to perform along the route, as the crowd's cheers become part of the rhythms. Time drifts onward as the DRUM ARMY marches into the distance...... Is that yet another portal.....clicks onward and sideways. Somewhere, somehow Commander BTM gets the TAPES back to HEADROOM STUDIOS, and enlisting the help of more specialists known as the TROOPS, the process continues. The TROOPS are not quite sure whether to believe the tales of time travel and madness, humoring BTM as he spewed the myths and legends of the journey. After years of overdubbing, editing, mixing, and mutating, DRUM ARMY - WANTS YOU! is finally released on COMPACT DISC. NOW YOU can possess this CD and use it as a departure point for your own quest for rhythm.

Bill T Miller - percussion & sample guru (1-8 ALL Trax)

Andy Deckard - main trap kit & percussion (1-8 ALL Trax)
Ken Winokur - traditional percussion (1,2,3) junk (6,7,8)
Larry Dersch - snare, floor & roto toms (1,2,3,6,7,8)
John Breglia - sampled percusion (2,3,6,7,8)
Simon - percussion (1,2,3) vocals(3)
Jeff Cohen - sampled percussion pads (6,7,8)

Roger Miller - sampled percussion & tins (7,8)
Russ Smith - tins, pots & pans (6)
Malcolm Travis - floor toms (5 & 8)
Joel Simches - octobon & roto toms (3,5,8)
Mikey Dee - floor toms & rice box (2,4,6)
Val Nolan - frame drum, bells & shells (3,6)
Barry Spillberg - double bass kick drums (5)
Mike Annis - roto toms & gong (5,8)
Shane - roto toms,tub & slit drum (1,6)
G.T. Miller - earth voice (2)
Dave Ackerman - assistant overdub engineer

Produced/Engineered by Bill T Miller at HEADROOM Studios.

Drum Army is NOT a Drum Corps Marching Ensemble. Drum Army IS a spaced-out rock drum jamfest. Commander-in-Chief BILL T MILLER gathered the OFFICERS together for FULL MOON sessions and banged out the basic trax, and then drafted the TROOPS to do tons of overdubs. Over the years, members of Drum Amy have played in such bands as: OBE, Kings Of Feedback, Orgy Of Noise, Concussion Ensemble, Bentmen, Alloy Orchestra, Sugar, Zulus, Plate of Shrimp, No Man, Mission Of Burma, Carolinas, Wargazm, Curious Ritual, Hell Toupee, Common Ailments Of Maturity, and MORE.

GO TO: drumarmy.com

BONUS OBE SONGS - obetv.com
After listening to 40 minutes of DRUM ARMY your journey COULD be considered complete. But of course too much is never enough, so BTM gives you 34 minutes MORE. OBE is a wacko alien orgyfest. Basically, you get a complete OBE EP, featuring THREE BTM-OBE REMIXES and FIVE cuts from OBE - Call Now LP.

Check out other Bill T Miller - ExtraTerrestrial Discs artists like: Kings Of Feedback, Orgy Of Noise, King Of Slack, as well as OBE and Drum Army.
GO TO: billtmiller.com/etdiscs

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Ben Didier for Last Sigh

experimental percussion jamfest trip around the world
Described by Drum Army ringleader Bill T. Miller as an "experimental percussion jamfest trip around the world", this disk covers percussive styles ranging from a Tibetan "trance dance" to the hard beats of the German techno scene. There are eighteen contributors in all, credited as playing gongs, pots and pans, and more conventional drums like snares and toms. Vocal samples are scattered all throughout the disk. The potentially chaotic clamour of rhythms always seems to maintain its focus, and each track is true to its designated culture. ------------------

This CD also includes a bonus EP tacked on the end from Miller's "Out of Band Experience", an album originally released in 1990. Constant samples are strung together over drum machine beats and simple electronics. It's rhythmic, low key cut and paste; the equivalent of electronic garage rock. The Drum Army portion of this CD (and OBE songs) are available for download free from mp3orgy.com, which is a great new way of using technology to eliminate material costs and get your music heard.

M Montalbano - Cyberdrum.com

The drumming stands on its own merits, as does the obvious grasp of a universal
Drum Army says it all; I counted at least seventeen or eighteen drummers and /or percussionists involved in the making of this record. The mastermind behind this unique and bizarre drum ensemble is one Bill T Miller. And what a dreary place this planet would be indeed without imaginative individuals such as Miller pushing the envelope and allowing us into his world. (Enter at your own risk.) He has compiled a number of rhythms from around the world and produced them using a wide variety of electronic and acoustic instruments. Aside from the sampled percussion, some of the musical equipment includes tins, pots and pans, frame drums, slit drums, tubs, and rice box (!). The result is a combination of an educational experience coupled with a most unusual array of drum music.
Tracks 1 through 8 introduce us to Miller's take on the rhythmic rituals and jams of Africa, South America, Tibet, Native America, Britain, the USA, and Germany. The first few of these dark, haunting, often mysterious, and groovin' compositions induce images of foreign lands and cultures and the people who inhabit these regions. While these rhythmic compositions may not be "pure" (in terms of Miller's use of
instrumentation and sampling), they are certainly genuine in their ability to create the mind-altering moods common to these mysterious rituals and exotic soils. From the foreign soils of the past, we beam to the urban sounds of now, from a not quite slow-mo jam fest (punctuated with toms) to a techno-industrialized big beat seducing the listener with images of robotic motions and the impending doom and destruction of mankind. (It had a good beat and was easy to dance to...) Much of the rhythmic exchange is interspersed with bizarre and well-placed voice overdubs, a la Pink Floyd, creating a strange, dream-like blend of the future and the past. Miller uses this method to get a few messages
across, and has, I suspect, just a small amount of fun in the process. This is most definitely music for the individual accustomed to thinking "outside the box" ....as it were.
Tracks 9-16 are presented as "Bonus Cuts by Out Of Band
Experience"(!). These tracks are out, no doubt about it. Just what the hell is going on here? Android? Put on the headphones, grab a juice, and turn it up! This may be one of the most unusual rides you can take to enter the millennium. But then, some of the old trips are tired, anyway.
With humor, wit, and some intelligent (and adult) themes, Bill T Miller paves the way for a new drum recording experience that is skillfully crafted and fun as hell. (Man, I'm still hungry.) This disk is not going to be palatable to every discerning ear out there. Some from the old school may roll over in their graves. But this is a musical venture
exploring the growth of the drum on a new frontier, and therefore worth exploring. The drumming stands on its own merits, as does the obvious grasp of a universal knowledge of rhythm. And the opening dialogue sums this disk up best: "The natural rhythms of the universe are beautiful...and sure." Welcome to the 21st century. This is a place for
crazy people. Rated NC-17 (huh?)
For more information contact:
Bill T Miller - ExtraTerrestrial Discs
Box 230221 - Boston, MA 02123 USA
visit: http://drumarmy.com
reviewed by: m montalbano from: